[OSM-talk] Mechanical Edit?

Ehnon Ehmous eh.non.eh.mous at gmail.com
Tue Jul 27 04:41:49 UTC 2021

Can some of these experienced people step up? What was the excuse or
difficulty that prevented a mechanical edit in this example?

The system is going to grow in complexity as more features are added, and
more people tag things as they like. When we are able to get people to
agree on
something (such as deprecating something), should we not clean up where we

Conversely if we can't trust a central information share about the nature
of deprecated items, then it provides little use.
In fact the quoted "Automated Edits code of conduct" is on the wiki, so if
deprecated is not something everybody agrees with, then
it seems fine to treat the "Code of conduct" the same. Useful sometimes,
but ignorable when it suits anybody's fancy.

On Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 1:26 PM Tomas Straupis <tomasstraupis at gmail.com>

> 2021-07-27, an, 04:33 Casper Kersten rašė:
> >> If you think that a simple search-and-replace is a good idea – then
> leave your hands off it and
> >> let someone fix it who has the time and energy to do it properly.
> >
> > DWG member or not, what counts as “proper fixing” is not for you, but
> for the community
> > to determine.
>   1. There is no way to determine what community thinks (talk list
> does NOT represent whole community, wiki is even further - it
> represents opinion of a few).
>   2. I totally agree with Frederik that all semi-automated
> "improvements" without proper one-by-one analysis are bad. Changing
> without understanding the context will be reducing the quality of the
> data. I've seen tons of new people thinking that they would run
> several automated "updates" and will "fix" the data - none were
> successful, most were damaging and their changes had to be reverted.
> Students with no education can run updates - it is extremely easy to
> do, if (and where) that would have been the way - it would have
> already been done by more experienced people.
> --
> Tomas
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